Residue from a sweets factory is believed to be responsible for nearby bees producing coloured honey.
Beekeepers in the Ribeauville area of France became concerned when their bees started to produce honey in mysterious shades of blue and green. An investigation later revealed the presence of a processing plant a few miles away that had been handling waste from a factory that produces M&M sweets.
"We discovered the problem at the same time they did," said plan co-manager Philippe Meinrad. "We quickly put in place a procedure to stop it." Unfortunately for the beekeepers however the damage has already been done - the current crop of multi-coloured honey isn't fit for sale to consumers.
"Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colourful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades."
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